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The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 16, 2020 

Dear friends, 
Although we've been affected in many ways by the pandemic and social distancing the St. John's Youth Group has still  managed to keep in touch and have meetings via Zoom. Part of the agenda for their last meeting was to elect a Youth Vestry Representative. 

I am pleased to announce that the Youth Group has elected Ethan Eisenberg as the new Vestry Youth Representative. We are confident Ethan will be a good fit for this role and ask that you keep him in your prayers as he navigates the responsibilities associated with being the Vestry's newest Youth Representative. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kyle Dailor for his service as the previous Vestry Youth Representative. Kyle has grown into the role of a faithful servant of God and we pray he will continue to use his spiritual gifts and shine in the light of the Lord. 

Please keep the Youth Group and all school aged children in your prayers as they begin the new school year. So many things are up in the air for parents, teachers, and students but the one thing that isn't up in the air is God's love for us. 

May the Lord bless you with grace and peace, 


Worship for Sunday, August 16, 2020
Liturgy of the Word at 9:30 a.m.
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All in-person worship is still cancelled until further notice.

We are now in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and the Diocese of Chicago's A New Season guidelines.  During this time in-person gatherings of up to 100 or 25% of the building capacity (51 for St. John's) will be permitted while maintaining physical distancing and wearing a mask.  We are tentatively planning to resume in-person worship on the weekend of September 5th and 6th.
 If you would like your group to resume meetings, you will need to comply with all the guidelines approved by the Bishop's Office and your Vestry.  These guidelines can be found in the link on the homepage of our website.  Also, all group leaders who wish to resume in-person meetings will need to speak with Fr. Jeremy first.  Please reach out to him either by email or telephone.  As we enter this time of a phased re-opening, please know that we are doing so by
 working closely with Bishop Lee and our Diocesan Staff to ensure that the health and safety of our people is paramount.  Please continue to monitor messages from St. John's and our website for updates, and continue to follow all physical distancing guidelines and recommendations from our state and local authorities.  
If you weren't able to join us this past Sunday, you can watch our worship from August 9, 2020 on YouTube by clicking here.  Please share this link with anyone who may have missed worship.
Please note our new service times  
(These times will go into effect when we resume in-person worship.)

Saturdays @ 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 (using resources from Enriching our Worship)

Sundays @ 8:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

Sundays @ 11:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 (from the Book of Common Prayer)

Please remember that we will be limited to no more than 50 people gathering together in person.  If you have been in the habit of attending our 10:00 am service, please consider attending either Saturday evenings or the 8:30 a.m. service on Sundays.  
We want to pray for you!

At St. John's we are blessed to have a number of faithful prayer warriors that are ready to pray for the health, safety, guidance, and/or well being of anyone in need. If you have URGENT prayer requests we encourage you to to reach out to
Ginny McCollum, the Parish Office, and Fr. Jeremy to ensure your prayer request is shared with the congregation in a timely manner. It is especially helpful if you include exactly what you would like said in your urgent prayer request. 

For non-urgent prayer requests please continue to contact Sarra in the office, via email or telephone, and she will make sure the request is added to the list. 
This Week's Lessons

Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28

Visit to read this week's lessons.
Collect for The Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost 

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Steven Russell
Virginia Schnakenberg
Jean & Stewart Scott

Almighty God, this week we lift up in prayer: Jean & Stewart, Steven, and Virginia. P
lease bless them with an abundance of peace and an overflowing cup of joy. Help them to seek You in all that they do and shield them from illness, both mental and physical. May the light of the Lord be seen shining through their hearts. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
 Birthdays & Anniversaries 

August 16: Adelle Stone
August 18: Mary Agnes Long
August 19: Benjamin Turnquest
August 19: Ann & Bill Moser
August 20: Bev & Harold Keene
Heavenly Father, we come to you in thanksgiving, asking for birthday blessings for Adelle, Mary Agnes, and Benjamin. As well as anniversary blessings for Ann & Bill and Bev & Harold. 
May the Holy Spirit be the guiding light shining in their lives over the next year.  Help them grow in their faith and keep them all on the path that leads to love and life eternal.
  In Jesus' name we pray.
***Bible Study will resume on August 27th***
Need a little midweek spiritual socialization pick-me-up? Join us for Weekly Bible Study! Thursdays at 5:00 we will gather via Zoom to continue the study of the book of Matthew.

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Memorial funds have been established in loving memory of Alison Deniston. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing ministry at St. John the Evangelist in her memory please feel free to do so. You can do this either by mailing a check to the church with her name in the memo line or make an online donation. 
We have resumed ordering physical Scrip cards. If you haven't tried it yet please check out  
to see how you can contribute to the church by simply doing your regular shopping. Questions may be directed to

The next Scrip order will be submitted at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16.

For those of you who have been keeping your pledges current and those who have given extra to support the work of St. John's, THANK YOU!
We understand that the last several weeks have been challenging for many people, so if you have found that you need to adjust your commitment to the budget of St. John's, please let Sarra in the Church Office know.  

We are confident that God will see us through the challenges that lie ahead and that we will come out of this being a stronger and more faithful community because of it.  

Please continue to share your generosity by mailing a check to:

St. John the Evangelist
P.O. Box 25
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Of by setting up automatic bill pay through your bank (this is a free service of most banks).  Or by clicking on the "Online Giving" button below.  If you give online, please consider clicking the box that allows you to add 3% to cover the processing fees from the credit card companies.  
In addition to online giving there is also a text option.
Text "SaintJohn" to 73256 to give using your mobile device. This number will never send unsolicited texts to you. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply.
Coming Up This Week:

Sunday, August 16
9:30 a.m.  Liturgy of the Word
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Wednesday, August 19
8:00 p.m.  AA (Undercroft)

Thursday, August 20

7:00 p.m. Recovery & Healing Group
(This will be a hybrid meeting in-person & Online.)

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Please pray for those seeking God’s healing: Alexa; Alice & Anna; Amy; Amy; Annie B.; Bernard; Bessie; Beth; Bonnie; Carolyn; Hank; Jacques; Jay; Jessica; John; Kelly; Kim; Larry; Laura; Laura; Linda; Lynn; Marcia; Marcy; Margret; Michael; Mike; Ralph; Rich; Theresa; Tony; Vince; Marsha Acheson; Lynn Ahearn; Kennith Allen; Joyce Aryee; Nancy Barys; Shannon Benaitis; Carmen Bernal; Iris Bestow; Lucy Biddy; Ken Blackburn; Millie Boggs; Joe Boland; Ela Bujak; Phil Calvin; Jim & Arlene Carr; Janelle Carrier; Rob Carrier; Carol Cerullo; Sabina Childs; Denise Coffman; Lorraine Corey; Alice Creason; Jennifer Cummins; Alex Deniston; Claudette Doyle; the Englewood community; Ethan Eisenberg; Paul Eisenberg; Ruth Frank; Valorie Franklin; Anita Frigo; Janet Froyen; Grace Gaskill; Laura Gorski; Kathi H.; Marie Haar; Mary Harrison; Kojo Hayford; Marilyn Hurt; Laura Jamieson; Buddy Johnson; Ken Johnson; Stewart Keene; Judy Kiedaisch; Mary Klonowski; Brenda Knight; Cyndie Knoll; Anne Knuth; Bill Knuth; Paul Koch; the Koswenda family; Cassie Krause; Kelli Lange; Scott Lauterbach; Alex Lawler; Greg Lawrence; Elizabeth Lee; Shawn Lobaugh; Mary Long; Richard M.; Jerry Mabry; Jacob MacDonald; Stephanie Mallinga; Terri Martin, Ino Martinez; Rev. Annette Mayer; Ginny McCollum; Susan McKeever; Kelly McLaughlin; Katelyn Moore; Lita Morgan; Ann Moser; Sharon Moxley; Carol Mullings; Michael Mullins; Jessica Myers; Terry Needham; Alex Nettey;  Elaine Ooms; Jake Peckel; Patty Portrey; Damen Ressel; Julie Rinkenberger; Lois Rinkenberger; Bella Rodrigues; Stephanie Rogers; Laura Rossen; Roger Rossen; Don Rubins; Mark Scott & Family; Stewart Scott; Karen Scheffers; Julie Seely; Blake Sheffer; Doris Sheffer; Diance Smith; Thomas Smith; Bob Stevens; Jamie Stovall; Ginny Summers; Shanti Thayil; Bishop Robert Thompson; Roman VanSwol; Cora Watson; Erna Watson; Bob Weinman; John Whennen; Jim Whitfield; Terri Whitfield; Austin Widner; James Woods; Vonda Young
Please pray for those seeking God’s guidance: Alicia; Angel; Bonnie; Brianna; David; Debbie; Don; Glenda; James; Linda; Marcy; Mary; Nora; Polly; Rich; Stephanie; Terri; Victor; Bishop David & Mrs. Bailey; Marilin Brown; Norval Brown & Family; Freeborn family; Lois Hein; Arifa Brookins Hinton; Gregory Brookins Hinton; Mike Mabry; Nancy Mulcahy; The Diocese of The Navajoland; the Seelaus family; the Stevens family; Jessica Wetzel; The Wetzel Family; James Woods; Bill Sole; Staci Young.
Please pray for our members serving in the military and their families: Christina Bembenic; Kevin Cunningham; John O’Brien; David Trier; Darius Webb. And all First Responders, especially, Austin Corydon; Amy Vitulli; Sarah Lawrence

Please pray for the faithfully departed

In the Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Steven Russell, Virginia Schnakenberg, and Jean & Stewart Scott.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church The Most Revd Mark Strange - Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church & Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, Congregations in the Waukegan Deanery: Trinity in Highland Park; Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest; Holy Family/Sagrada Familia in Lake Villa; St. Lawrence in Libertyville; St. Paul in McHenry; For those who have finished, and for those who are about to begin the Julian Year Program; Companion Dioceses in SE Mexico and Renk

Do you know anyone in need?

Please let the Church Office know if you are aware of anyone in our Parish who is ill, in the hospital, or in any other need.  Please do not assume that we are already aware, because we may not be.  Please call (708) 798-4150 and leave a message for Sarra, or email the Church Office at  Thank you for keeping an eye out for each other.   
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